Samsung has shared pricing for its latest Frame TV models. The 43-inch version, which is the only one that can rotate between landscape and portrait orientations, will set you back $1,000. The Frame is also available in four other screen sizes between 50-inches and 75-inches, with the top-end model priced at $3,000. The 2021 lineup features enhanced AI and art recommendations. This time around, Samsung is also offering more bezel options to help the Frame fit in with your home's decor.
Image processing has always been at the heart of Sony's TV designs. Sure, its premium Bravia TVs have typically featured the latest and greatest display hardware around, but the company's devotion to image quality has typically set it apart from competitors. This year, Sony is doubling down on that reputation with the Cognitive Processor XR, a new image processor that will focus on bringing "cognitive intelligence" to its upcoming Bravia XR LED and OLED TVs. I know, that sounds like a marketing buzzword, but it describes a new approach to image processing for Sony. Its previous chips used artificial intelligence to optimize individual elements of the picture, things like brightness, contrast and color.
Samsung will soon offer 99- and 88-inch versions of its MicroLED TVs alongside the 110-inch bezel-free behemoth the company announced in December, 2020. The Korean TV manufacturer remains silent on pricing, but a little bird says early adopters with loads of cash are the target audience. The company showed the first TV to use micro-LEDs--dubbed'The Wall' due to its gargantuan 146-inch screen size--at CES in 2018. Unlike that 8K concept, however, these smaller TVs are limited to 4K resolution. But they will benefit from the ability to turn off individual pixels to produce an absolute black, similar to how OLED technology functions.
Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that it will commercially launch a 110-inch MicroLED TV aimed at the home market starting early next year. Pre-orders will begin at the end of December, with official sales to begin in the first quarter of 2021. The new TV will cost a whopping 170 million won, or around $156,000, in South Korea. Samsung did not announce the pricing for other markets. Markets such as US and Europe that are showing high-interest in the model will also have it available starting in the first quarter, the company said. Noting the high price tag, Choi Yong-hoon, executive vice president at Samsung's Visual Display business, said at a virtual press conference that liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs were also expensive when they were first introduced.
Samsung has revealed pricing for its 4K and 8K Neo QLED TVs, which use Mini-LED technology with thousands of LEDs to boost backlight and brightness performance. The 4K models range from 55-inch to 85-inch screen sizes, while the 8K TVs are between 65 and 85 inches. Samsung says all of the models should ship next month. At the higher end of the Neo QLED 8K lineup is the QN900A series. The TVs boast Quantum Matrix Technology Pro tech, which combines Mini-LEDs with a backlight dimming system that's more precise than previous versions, Samsung claims.